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Old 09-04-2021, 11:10 AM   #1
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...read in LaDaSun this morning that Sawyers has recently been sold. The buyers are the folks who bought the old Cherrystone's in Gilford and whom also own another restaurant in Hampstead. The article mentioned that they plan to keep Sawyers as a Dairy Bar/Fry Shack and that they have submitted a plan to the Town of Gilford for the renovation of Cherrystone's into a new restaurant.

Sadly, the paper also had the obituary of the the previous owner of Sawyers who apparently died suddenly shortly after the sale. How sad...
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Interesting that I has been in there twice this summer and there were people looking it over and wondered if it would end up sold.

Used to see the owners in there all the time.

Hope it doesnt change much, its been a favorite pit stop for me for almost 60 years,,,
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Where was Cherrystones in Gilford?


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It's on the road that Patrick's pub is on, after meadowbrook but before Parafunalia. Glad something's going in there. It's been empty for years.
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Ohhh the place with the parking in back. I went there once and had forgotten the name of it. Itíll be a nice commute for them between the two places.


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Ohhh the place with the parking in back. I went there once and had forgotten the name of it. Itíll be a nice commute for them between the two places.


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Hmmm maybe their prices will come down a little. Last time I was there I could of bought an economy car for what I paid for a tray of food.
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Sawyer's has a great location and properly run should be a real money maker.

Memo to new owners:

Keep your prices fairly low, hopefully a tad lower than the competition.

Continue to make your own ice cream: focus on making it the best possible.

Stay on site to oversee operations.

Rake in the dough...
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Totally agree that Sawyer's is a super great place to go for an ice cream sundae. Understand they offer low interest, ice cream loans, to finance your ice cream purchase, there.

For the off-season, from Labor Day to Memorial Day while Sawyer's is closed, there's always the $1.79 hot chocolate or hot caramel sundae at the Meredith McDonald's which is open all year, 'round.
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I would not expect them to lower prices.

1) The cost of EVERYTHING continues to rise.

2) The new owners are likely to be carrying debt on the property. That debt service is a additional cost that their predecessors likely no longer had.
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I would not expect them to lower prices.

1) The cost of EVERYTHING continues to rise.

2) The new owners are likely to be carrying debt on the property. That debt service is a additional cost that their predecessors likely no longer had.
Though I wouldn't expect them to lower their costs per se, I do wonder how much the pricing and "tourist trap" rep might begin/are beginning to hurt them.

I know we've been by it half a dozen times this summer and have skipped over it in favor of other options.

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I personally have never gone there and by what so many have said about them, I won't... thanks for alerting me
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I personally have never gone there and by what so many have said about them, I won't... thanks for alerting me
Who are you referring to? The new owners, who with a quick search have 519 reviews on their other restaurant with a 4.4 rating?
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Sawyer's has a great location and properly run should be a real money maker.

Memo to new owners:

Keep your prices fairly low, hopefully a tad lower than the competition.

Continue to make your own ice cream: focus on making it the best possible.

Stay on site to oversee operations.

Rake in the dough...
Very unrealistic expectations. Your asking for low prices possibly lower than the competition while making their own ice cream from scratch for a seasonal business open Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s a recipe for failure.


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We stopped today for ice cream. Previous owners and the ones before that used to close on Labor Day. I asked and was told they expect to stay open uyntil October, maybe just weekends. Sounds like they're working out the details. Small dish of ice cream was $3.82 including tax. If that's $0.25 or $0.50 high or low, I wouldn't know. I don't go or not go someplace for penny differences. I go because I want their product at their location, right now.
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We stopped today for ice cream. Previous owners and the ones before that used to close on Labor Day. I asked and was told they expect to stay open uyntil October, maybe just weekends. Sounds like they're working out the details. Small dish of ice cream was $3.82 including tax. If that's $0.25 or $0.50 high or low, I wouldn't know. I don't go or not go someplace for penny differences. I go because I want their product at their location, right now.
That’s good news. If we could only get pops to stay open a few weekends after Labor Day.


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We stopped today for ice cream. Previous owners and the ones before that used to close on Labor Day. I asked and was told they expect to stay open uyntil October, maybe just weekends. Sounds like they're working out the details. Small dish of ice cream was $3.82 including tax. If that's $0.25 or $0.50 high or low, I wouldn't know. I don't go or not go someplace for penny differences. I go because I want their product at their location, right now.
Depends on what a "small" is. Hodgies and Dewey's are very different in terms of that measurement, though the price is similar.

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Depends on what a "small" is. Hodgies and Dewey's are very different in terms of that measurement, though the price is similar.

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We stopped today for ice cream. Previous owners and the ones before that used to close on Labor Day. I asked and was told they expect to stay open uyntil October, maybe just weekends. Sounds like they're working out the details. Small dish of ice cream was $3.82 including tax. If that's $0.25 or $0.50 high or low, I wouldn't know. I don't go or not go someplace for penny differences. I go because I want their product at their location, right now.
That is outstanding news!
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Maybe the new owners would benefit by a "gimmick:" offer one product at a real low price with the hope / expectation that purchasers will also buy one or more items at regular price.

Probably the best item would be soft drinks because it is so cheap to source and produce, but french fries might also work.

Bottom line is sales is a volume business, you need to get people through the door.

Best of luck to them, I look forward to having a cone.
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Interesting that I has been in there twice this summer and there were people looking it over and wondered if it would end up sold.

Used to see the owners in there all the time.

Hope it doesnt change much, its been a favorite pit stop for me for almost 60 years,,,
Hope it changes alot! SAWYERS has been awful for years.
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I realize everyone has their own sense of taste and smell, but I respectfully disagree. We go there once or twice a summer....twice this season...and the fried clams, onion rings, & fries were very good, (to our tastebuds anyway). Ice cream was, (and always has been), very good.

Now Tamarack...that has been awful for years...
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I realize everyone has their own sense of taste and smell, but I respectfully disagree. We go there once or twice a summer....twice this season...and the fried clams, onion rings, & fries were very good, (to our tastebuds anyway). Ice cream was, (and always has been), very good.

Now Tamarack...that has been awful for years...
I have to say I agree that Sawyers has not been good for quite some time, My home is very close to them and I found the quality went way down and prices way up with the prior owners. The original owners built a great business and we loved it before the sale 15-20 years ago. I hope the new owners bring its standards back up. As to Tamarack, Again the original owners built a fabulous business but it went down hill quickly when it was sold. If I'm not mistaken its been sold 2-3 times over the past 10-15 and I've seen no improvement during our once every 1-2 seasons visits.
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I realize everyone has their own sense of taste and smell, but I respectfully disagree. We go there once or twice a summer....twice this season...and the fried clams, onion rings, & fries were very good, (to our tastebuds anyway). Ice cream was, (and always has been), very good.

Now Tamarack...that has been awful for years...
McDonald's fish sandwhich is much better than the last fish sandwhich I had at Sawyers. I'm not joking.
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Hope it changes alot! SAWYERS has been awful for years.
WOW, thats a totally different experience than we have. We go there every chance we have.

I dont compare it to a fancy steak house or other high dining, but we enjoy it for what it is, and 50's style burger joint.

We count the days every winter until they open, go as often as possible, and are sad when they close for winter.

Just thinking about it makes me want a bucket of their coal slaw and a coffee shake.

Sorry it doesnt hit the spot for you,,,
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WOW, thats a totally different experience than we have. We go there every chance we have.

I dont compare it to a fancy steak house or other high dining, but we enjoy it for what it is, and 50's style burger joint.

We count the days every winter until they open, go as often as possible, and are sad when they close for winter.

Just thinking about it makes me want a bucket of their coal slaw and a coffee shake.

Sorry it doesnt hit the spot for you,,,
Did they have fried clams and fried chicken this year ? Also way back they use to have soft serve ice cream that was pretty good but the got rid of the machines.


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WOW, thats a totally different experience than we have. We go there every chance we have.

I dont compare it to a fancy steak house or other high dining, but we enjoy it for what it is, and 50's style burger joint.

We count the days every winter until they open, go as often as possible, and are sad when they close for winter.

Just thinking about it makes me want a bucket of their coal slaw and a coffee shake.

Sorry it doesnt hit the spot for you,,,
What other eating establishments would you recommend?
Not limited to restaurants.

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Yes, we had fried clams there twice this past summer. They have strips and whole belly. Not sure why anyone would even bother with clam strips, as it's basically just fried batter, but I guess some folks find the fried belly gross. Anyway, we thought they were very good, as always. I'm pretty sure they had fried chicken as well, but then again, we weren't looking for it.

I remember their soft serve that they used to have and I agree with you, it was very good. I don't believe they have it anymore.
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Yes, we had fried clams there twice this past summer. They have strips and whole belly. Not sure why anyone would even bother with clam strips, as it's basically just fried batter, but I guess some folks find the fried belly gross. Anyway, we thought they were very good, as always. I'm pretty sure they had fried chicken as well, but then again, we weren't looking for it.

I remember their soft serve that they used to have and I agree with you, it was very good. I don't believe they have it anymore.
Thank you I appreciate it I’ll try to stop by before they close for the season. Yeah they remove the soft serve machines quite a few years ago unfortunately there’s not a lot of good soft serve around here you really have to go to Bailey’s bubble


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Kalley and I work in the same industry. I can tell you that she is well funded to make a go of this. Provided that they can get help/labor I am sure they will do fine.
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.... all about the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filet-O-Fish fish sandwhich!!!

It says that as of May 2020 it contains a battered, fried fish fillet made from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_pollock ..... the "national fish" of Korea.
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I decided to give the new owners a try. The dining area is wholly remodeled more like an ice cream parlor taste.

Help was friendly and efficient. The ice cream was good. There is no sugar-free selection for diabetics or frozen yogurt. Limited flavors which I expect early in the season.

May try again. I wish them luck.
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It must be ice cream day.

I drove by the Laconia Dairy Queen about 3:30 PM today and there were 7 cars in line for the drive through. That is pretty good for a mid-week day in May!
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YIKES! SAWYERS DAIRY BAR: Just spent $14 for 5 scallops (only one of them was a decent size) and $21 for a tiny portion of fried clams. No sides!! My husband and I are heading home hungry for lunch lol.
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YIKES! SAWYERS DAIRY BAR: Just spent $14 for 5 scallops (only one of them was a decent size) and $21 for a tiny portion of fried clams. No sides!! My husband and I are heading home hungry for lunch lol.

What was your total bill?
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YIKES! SAWYERS DAIRY BAR: Just spent $14 for 5 scallops (only one of them was a decent size) and $21 for a tiny portion of fried clams. No sides!! My husband and I are heading home hungry for lunch lol.
Sawyers for ice cream. Pops for fried clams, only a few miles away.
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We tried it last weekend. Much better than last time 2 years ago. 3 of us, chicken tender plate, clam strip plate and chicken parm sub and an onion ring. Plenty of food, and with 3 fountain drinks came to $70+. All food was very good, but maybe a once a year visit.
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i wonder if we are reaching the breaking point with restaurant prices that people will stop going and lack of staff won't be a problem
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Lack of staff is still a problem for us....
Between now and July 4th... I'm just praying to keep my head on straight.
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